Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hallelujah! I can B-R-E-A-T-H-E again!!!

When we left our weary packer/mover/traveler she had just returned to NH to tie up lose ends with her daughter, Katie’s, dental implants; as well as sinus surgery for herself.  Here is the scoop:

  • Katie’s crowns went off without a hitch and she flew back to NC–>SC on 6/16.  The crowns were put in with temporary cement.  Unfortunately, on 6/18 one of them decided it didn’t like Katie’s mouth and popped off while she was eating salad and pasta!  Thankfully, new friends gave recommendations for dentists and the tooth situation was resolved on 6/20
  • Our packer/mover/traveler—turned patient survived her surgery with the help of an amazing Doctor and a very special OR nurse (aka Carolyn Small Plummer – LOVE YOU CAROLYN!!)
  • Saturday, however, the patient became VERY ill — NOT pretty at all and discovered that Percoset does not agree with her stomach
  • Sunday, the patient was MUCH better; although not back to her usual self; however, still in PJs, but showered
  • Monday, the patient had improved more and was once again clean, but this time in REAL clothes and got to try out her new-fangled “water-pick” as prescribed by her Doctor and shipped, with medication, from California—>just think water pick for the nose ;-P  (It actually made a huge difference, but is still kinds gross.)
  • Tuesday, a clean, contact-wearing patient spent 5 hours applying for jobs online and NO Nap!!
  • Wednesday, a clean, contact-wearing patient spent another 5 hours applying for jobs online – again no nap!
  • Thursday, where we now find our packer/mover/traveler/patient exhausted from very little sleep last night (anxious); however, MANY friends were praying and there was no pain with the splint removal and she was told she had been an excellent patient!  (She will have to return in 4-6 weeks for one more checkup.) WooHoo!! She can breathe and when she talks people can understand her – it’s a beautiful thing!  To celebrate, a 1/2 broccoli cheddar soup and a 1/2 bacon turkey bravo were ordered for lunch from Panera!  Once again the packer/mover/traveler/patient has been looking for and applying for jobs, but has decided she NEEDS a nap.

Tomorrow the packer/mover/traveler/patient will be transformed to the traveler/patient who will eventually be the UNpacker/patient.   [Hilary and Laura have been watching Dr. Who nonstop – thank you Netflix – so if she had a TARDIS she could get home quicker…guess US Air will have to do.]  Since she cannot lift anything heavy or have her head down too much for another week, SHE gets to tell everyone else what to do AND get away with it!!! There are some rewards to this surgery thing 😛

Thanks everyone for your support, love and prayers.  Some day there will be pictures of the house, but me thinks that there is a lot of work to do. It seems  storage is an issue and we still have too much “stuff”; so, it’s time to get creative…AND visit IKEA!!!

Whose plans? HIS plans…

During the past month I have been saying this verse over and over…

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
   but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.   Proverbs 19:21

I like it when a plan works.  I like it better when a complicated, logistically impossible plan comes together.  I have had successes with some of those in the last few months, but the past few weeks many of those plans have fallen apart and I have switched to Plans B through Z.  Through it all I had to remember that God is in control. Whether I like what is happening or not; HE is in control.

  • Katie’s crowns to finalize the dental implants did not come in before we moved
  • I need sinus surgery; found out 4 days before we moved
  • Loading day had it’s challenges – a) first U-Haul windshield cracked right before John pulled into our yard and he had to go get another truck, b) 2-1/2 hours into loading the truck it was evident that with the boat, 2 kayaks and all of the woodworking tools John bought to build the boat we would NOT be able to put everything in the truck, c) a trailer was rented to pull behind the truck, d) for the first time ever I did not have everything completely packed and ready to go when the truck arrived (very frustrating for me), e) John had no a/c in the U-Haul
  • We knew on the Monday before the move that the renovations on our house would not be complete when we got there on Wednesday –  a) Friday was “if-y”, I could live with that and we packed through Sunday, b) the house was not ready until today , c)  6/15 things are moved into the house and the interior is almost complete, d) the outside is next
  • Monday I chipped a tooth

There are blessings in all of this; although I will admit at times it has been hard to see and I have felt discouraged.

  • God’s logistical timing for Lindsey to meet Katie in MD over Memorial Weekend, when they both just “happened” to be there, was impeccable – she drove Katie’s car as far as NC for us
  • After much discussion and prayer we decided it made much more sense for me to fly back to NH and have the Doctor who has been treating me do the surgery instead of starting from scratch in SC
  • My friend, Carolyn, an OR nurse, just “happens” to be scheduled to be in my Doctor’s OR room the day of my surgery 😀
  • Katie’s crowns were to arrive today, so she flew to NH with me
  • Tomorrow Katie gets the crowns and flies back to SC.  I have had my pre-op appointments and will have surgery in Dover on Friday. I will stay at Hilary’s until the 24th; there will be a recheck at the Doctor’s on the 22nd
  • My dentist repaired my tooth today

I would have preferred to NOT have surgery, not have to fly back etc., but I know God has a plan I cannot see. During the week we were in limbo and “homeless”, God provided a wonderful family to take us in.  Katie and I have had time to look for jobs; we have begun to find our way around our new “habitat”.  We are learning to love our new family.  I get extra time with Hilary in NH.  I did not unload the truck — we’ll see where John has put things by the time I get back.  Lindsey will be able to come down tomorrow and help for a few days.

In Sunday School this week we read about God constantly telling Joshua, “Do not be discouraged…” – those were words I needed last week.  I told someone yesterday that it is good God is in control because I seemed to have lost control somewhere in this process.  I said it jokingly, but I realize that is the BEST place to be.  Maybe all of this was to get me to the place where I could let go because I couldn’t do anything to change the circumstances; just accept them, learn to be joyful in them and believe that HE has a plan.  I pray that I will always be able to lose control of my plans and let go when HIS plan is much better (even when I can’t see it).